Every year there is a player who comes out of nowhere to become an integral part of what Wake Forest is trying to do on both offense and defense. The purpose of this roundtable is to see if our staff can identify who that player is before the year starts!
We will start by looking at the offense and will have a defensive roundtable out later as well!
Cam - Scotty Washington
This one was hard for me between Greg Dortch and Scotty Washington, but I have to go with Washington. He's 6'5 and you cant teach that. He's gotten faster and flat out Wake needs him to play 6'5. I think he finally steps up to the table and becomes that big threat that Wake needs in the passing game.
Elijah - Arkeem Byrd
While Byrd redshirted as a freshman in 2016, he brings a dynamic element as the change of pace back. Coming from talent rich Georgia and one of the top 50 running backs according to some publications, Byrd brings the element of speed to the Wake Forest backfield. While Colburn and Carney will likely still have most of the workload, especially between the tackles (due to their size and style, Carney and Colburn are better suited for interior runs), Byrd will be a change of pace back benefiting from "legitimate ACC offensive linemen" according to Coach Clawson. The line is expected to improve with three juniors who have a combined 62 starts.
Adam - Scotty Washington
At 6-5, 225lb, Washington has the body to be a monster in the passing game. With 1 year of game experience under his belt, I think he is poised to be a breakout player on the offensive side of the ball this season. If Hinton is the starting QB, the run game should flourish behind our 3 headed monster of Carney, Colburn, and Hinton. This should allow for Washington to get some 1 on 1 coverage deep on play action, which, with his height, he should be able to win every time. In the latest scrimmage, Washington caught 2 passes for 47 yards including a 37 yard touchdown. That, to me, is the indication that Washington could be a true deep threat this season.
Ed - Tabari Hines
Cade Carney is too easy of an answer so I won’t say him even though he’s the obvious choice. I’ll go with Tabari Hines. He made some great plays last year, and I feel like with a more experienced O-line and more consistency at QB he has the chance to really make a big impact this year.